HC Deb 26 August 1886 vol 308 cc535-6
SIR JOHN LUBBOCK (London University)

asked the President of the Local Government Board, What pro- gross is being made by the Committee appointed last Session to inquire and report on the subject of M. Pasteur's researches with reference to the prevention of hydrophobia; and, whether the Report of the Committee will be shortly presented to this House?

THE PRESIDENT (Mr. RITCHIE) (Tower Hamlets, St. George's)

I am informed that considerable progress has been made by the Committee. A Sub-Committee visited Paris, and had several long interviews with M. Pasteur, who explained to the members most fully and unreservedly the whole details of his treatment. The Committee examined a large number of the persons who had undergone treatment, and so far as this investigation is concerned the Committee were fully satisfied that M. Pasteur's treatment had been effective. They hope, before long, to be in a position to report the results of their investigation to the Local Government Board; but before doing so they are most anxious that time should be allowed for the Committee to ascertain that experiments on animals, conducted on behalf of the Committee, have yielded the same results as those detailed and demonstrated to them by M. Pasteur.